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Daily Telegraph Front Page Archives

Since its launch in 1855, the Telegraph has risen to be on the UK's most popular broadsheets and is renowned worldwide as a reliable and ground-breaking news source. This is what makes an original Daily Telegraph such an interesting gift for any occasion, with our Daily Telegraph archives dating back to 1900.

A Daily Telegraph newspaper allows the recipient to ponder over the reports and coverage from a bygone age, giving them the gift of nostalgia. Discovering what happened on the day you were born is easily achieved by looking at the front page and headlines. Paying attention to the smaller details in our Telegraph back issues, such as advertisements, opens up a unique view of what life was like at the time.

A Brief History of the Daily Telegraph

The Daily Telegraph is part of the Telegraph Media Group and is owned by identical twin brothers, Sir David and Sir Frederick Barclay. Printed from Monday to Saturday in broadsheet format, it has an average weekly circulation of 824,244 copies. The newspaper takes a centre-right political stance and supports the Conservative Party. Though the paper backed the Liberal Party under William Gladstone in the early years, the paper supported the Conservative Party at the 2005 General Election. You can gain a more a more in-depth look on this event using our services to search our Daily Telegraph front page archives, conducted by a member of the archive team.

The year 1855 saw the abolition of stamp duty on newspapers, allowing the development of affordable daily papers for a wider public. The Daily Telegraph archives was founded by Colonel Arthur B Sleigh, as the 'Daily Telegraph and Courier' on 29th June 1855. It was sold at the price of two pence. Sleigh had set up the paper to pursue his quarrel with the Duke of Cambridge, later Commander-in-Chief of the Army.

As settlement for the printing bill, the newspaper was sold to its printer, Joseph Moses Levy. Levy re-launched the paper on 17th September 1855, appointing his son Edward Levy-Lawson and Thornton Leigh Hunt as Editors-in-Chief. The price of the newspaper was reduced to one penny. The Daily Telegraph outsold The Times within a year, as The Times was being sold for seven pence. The word 'Courier' was dropped from the newspaper title eighteen months after its original launch.

Edward Levy-Lawson controlled the Daily Telegraph long before the death of his father in 1888. He was appointed 1st Baron Burnham in 1903, reflecting his importance to the Fleet Street newspaper publishing industry. He retired as the proprietor of the paper in the same year and was described by Viscount Camrose as the 'originator of morning journalism'. After his death in 1916, he was succeeded by his son Harry Lawson Webster Levy-Lawson, who inherited the title 2nd Baron Burnham and was subsequently ennobled as 1st Viscount Burnham in 1919.

Viscount Burnham sold the Daily Telegraph to the newspaper publishers, William and Gomer Berry on 1st January 1928, but members of the Burnham family continued to serve on the board of the Daily Telegraph until 1986. The Berry brothers split their newspaper holdings in 1937; William Berry (1st Viscount Camrose) retained The Financial Times and the Daily Telegraph, whilst Gomer Berry (1st Viscount Kemsley) formed the Kemsley newspaper group, which included The Sunday Times, the Sunday Graphic and the Daily Sketch.

Baron Camrose purchased the Morning Post on 24th August 1937, which was the favoured newspaper of the retired officer class. He merged the paper with the Daily Telegraph on 1st October 1937. The Daily Telegraph began printing news stories on the front page before the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939. The circulation of the Daily Telegraph under Viscount Camrose rose from 100,000 copies in 1930 to over one million copies in 1947. The circulation practically doubled in just one day on 1st December 1930, due to the reduction in price from two pence to one penny. The newspaper also gained the 100,000 readers of the Morning Post, when the newspapers merged in 1937.

On the death of Viscount Camrose in 1954, his younger son, Michael Berry, became Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Telegraph. He remained in charge until 1987 and founded the Daily Telegraph's sister paper, The Sunday Telegraph, in 1961. Mr Conrad Black, the Canadian financier and owner of the Hollinger Inc newspaper group, increased his shareholding in the Daily Telegraph and the Sunday Telegraph to 57% in February 1986, whilst Lord Hartwell subsequently stood down as both Chairman and Editor-in-Chief after thirty years in the positions. He was succeeded by Mr Conrad Black as Chairman in September 1987.

Sir David and Sir Frederick Barclay purchased the Daily Telegraph and the Sunday Telegraph at the end of June 2004. In October 2006, they moved the newspapers from Canary Wharf to Buckingham Palace Road in London. They then renamed the company as The Telegraph Media Group. The Daily Telegraph was given a new look when it moved to full colour production for the first time on 2nd September 2008, due to new printing presses in Broxbourne (Hertfordshire), Knowsley (Merseyside) and Motherwell in Scotland.

The Daily Telegraph Supplements

The Saturday edition of the Daily Telegraph currently contains the 'Weekend' section (includes puzzles and features on food, drink and the outdoors), plus the 'Sport', 'Your Money', 'Review', 'Travel', 'Property', 'Gardening' and 'Motoring' newspaper supplements. There are also two magazines; the 'Telegraph Magazine' (containing features, and regular items on food and the home) and the 'Television & Radio' magazine. Current weekday newspaper supplements include the separate 'Business' and 'Sport' sections, which are both published from Monday to Friday. A 'Jobs' supplement is also included with the paper on Thursdays.

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